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What Is Cosmic Consciousness?

Stories of Yogananda, Episode 80
Swami Kriyananda
May 27, 2019

In this talk, Swami Kriyananda delves into the profound experience of cosmic consciousness as described by Paramhansa Yogananda in his Autobiography of a Yogi, particularly focusing on the chapter on Samadhi. He explains that achieving oneness with God is the pinnacle of spiritual attainment, a state transcending all earthly identities and limitations.

Kriyananda contrasts various mystics' descriptions of spiritual ascent and underscores Yogananda's unique ability to articulate this highest state. He also discusses the levels of Samadhi—Sabikalpa and Nirvikalpa—and the journey towards becoming a fully liberated being. A concluding inspiring story illustrates the rare compassion of enlightened masters like Yogananda, who choose to return and guide others toward spiritual freedom.

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